How sweet it is!

Christmas candy contest results

Homemade candy has been a holiday tradition for hundreds of years. Readers submitted almost 300 candy entries of their family holiday favorites, making it a difficult decision narrowing down entries.

Ultimately, winners emerged as judges sampled from 14 different selections including a variety of caramels, fudge, toffee, hard candies and chewy favorites.

First place went to the winning combination of toasted nuts, toffee and chocolate in Linda Pittman’s Triple Nut Toffee. The Honey Caramels, submitted by Jerry Daugherty, were a close second place for their smooth luscious texture and Carol Walk’s Snickers Fudge placed third for its chocolate, peanut, caramel combo that tastes just like its namesake.

The five honorable mentions are: Chocolate Amaretto Snowballs, submitted by Nancy H. Peterson; Rock Candy, submitted by Diane Sherman; Pecan Espresso Bark, submitted by Barbara Wiesen; Nougat, submitted by Mary H. Hammann; and Maple Bacon Fudge, submitted by Dorothy Billington.

1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge


View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

Recipe submissions

Grandma Arlene’s Mississippi Mud Bars


2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
4 eggs
½ cup cocoa
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups flour
3 teaspoons water
1 cup nuts, broken
1/2 bag little marshmallows


Cream sugar, shortening and eggs
Add cocoa, salt, and flour, mix well.
Add water and nuts
Mix well and put in 9 x 13 parchment lined pan
Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes.
Add ½ bag of miniature marshmallows to top, bake at 350 degrees for an additional 10 minutes.

Paula Morhardt
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP)

Grandma Arlene made this every Christmas, and everyone loved them. They are super rich, so it only takes a small piece to satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving.